The Jewish Journal of Sociology was sponsored by the Cultural Department of the World Jewish Congress from its inception in 1959 until the end of 1980. Thereafter, from the first issue of 1981 (volume 23, no. 1), the Journal has been sponsored by Maurice Freedman Research Trust Limited, which is registered as an educational charity by the Charity Commission of England and Wales (no. 326077). It has as its main purpose the encouragement of research in the sociology of the Jews and the publication of The Jewish Journal of Sociology. The objects of the Journal remain as stated in the Editorial of the first issue in 1959:
‘This Journal has been brought into being in order to provide an international vehicle for serious writing on Jewish social affairs. Academically we address ourselves not only to sociologists, but to social scientists in general, to historians, to philosophers, and to students of comparative religion.
We should like to stress both that the Journal is editorially independent and that the opinions expressed by authors are their own responsibility.’
The founding Editor of the JJSoc was Morris Ginsberg, and the founding Managing Editor was Maurice Freedman. Morris Ginsberg, who had been Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, died in 1970. Maurice Freedman, who had been Professor of Social Anthropology at The London School of Economics and later at the University of Oxford, succeeded to the title of Editor in 1971, when Dr Judith Freedman (who had been Assistant Editor since 1963) became Managing Editor. Maurice Freedman died in1975; from then until her death in December 2009 the Journal was edited by Dr Judith Freedman. The 2010 and 2011 volumes were edited by Marlena Schmool and Geoffrey Alderman and the current volume by Stanley Waterman.
Early publication of Chronicle
The Jewish Journal of Sociology is delighted to announce the early pre publication of the Chronicle section destined for the 2014 hardcopy volume. The Chronicle section was produced by Berman Jewish Policy Archive and covers '2013: The Year in Social Research on Jews and Jewish Life'.
Vol 56, No 1/2 (2014)
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